The University will honor June G. Hopps for her 20 years as dean of the Graduate School of Social Work with a panel discussion and tributes from University President William P. Leahy, SJ, and others on Friday, Oct. 25.
Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties William B. Neenan, SJ, will serve as master of ceremonies for the event, "Twenty Years of Leadership," which will take place from 4-6 p.m. in Robsham Theater.
University of Michigan Professor of Social Work and Public Policy Sheldon Danziger will speak on "Antipoverty Policy: What Have We Done? What Should We Do?" A panel chaired by Virginia Commonwealth University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Grace Harris also will address the topic.
The panelists are: Hunter College School of Social Work Professor Mimi Abramovitz; Barry Bluestone, senior fellow at the University of Massachusetts-Boston McCormack Institute; and UMass-Boston Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Urban Affairs Hubie Jones.
Fr. Leahy then will lead a group of speakers who will offer their appreciation for Hopps: Carroll School of Management Dean John J. Neuhauser; Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service Dean Mary Ann Quaranta; Adj. Prof. Elaine Pinderhughes (GSSW); and student and alumni representatives.
Hopps is a nationally recognized expert on urban poverty and its effect on family and social problems. During her tenure as dean, GSSW was selected by US News & World Report as among the nation's outstanding social work programs.
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